Project CONNECT (Developmental Guide)
If You Suspect Something Is Wrong. . . Early Intervention Can Help.

If you suspect that your child is not developing as he/she should, it is important to seek another opinion as soon as possible to see if a problem really does exist. You can turn to a variety of places for help: doctors, health clinics, school districts, and community agencies. These can help you determine if there is a problem.

While some professionals may believe that a child will outgrow a problem, it is better to provide help early to make sure that the child has a better chance of success. Many children do not "outgrow" problems -- they may need extra help called "Early Intervention".

Early Intervention is a program developed by you, as the parent, with the people who will help you meet your child's special needs. These people can include your child's teacher, speech clinician, social workers, or others. The program will build on your child's strengths and improve areas of weakness. The program will provide support, encouragement, and assistance for you in working with your child. EARLY INTERVENTION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

If your child cannot do some of the activities at his/her level, then an Early Intervention program may be needed. Being a parent is one of life's greatest experiences. Use this guide to see just how your child is developing. Every child grows and learns in his/her own way and at his/her own page. If your child cannot do two or more things at his/her age level. You may want to get more information. A good place to start is your local Intermediate Unit or the CONNECT Information Service at 1-800-692-7288.

Child Development Chart
ROLLS from stomach to back
REACHES for toy
TRANSFERS toy from one hand to the other
LOOKS for noise made near him
MAKES SOUNDS for specific reasons (hunger, wet)
PLAYS with toes
PATS mirror image
PUTS everything into his mouth
WATCHES toys held in front of him and moved slowly
SITS without support
PULLS self to stand
CRAWLS on all fours
WAVES bye-bye
REPEATS sounds made by others
FEEDS self cookies or crackers (may not be neat)
TURNS pages of a magazine or book (more than one at a time)
PICKS up small objects with thumb and index finger
WALKS well & up steps (2 feet)
SPEAKS several words which are understandable and meaningful
RECOGNIZES self in mirror
FEEDS self with spoon & cup
OCCUPIES self in play
PLAYS with an adult
BUILDS a tower of four blocks
PUTS two words together: "More juice"
SHOWS body parts (eyes, nose, toes) when asked
Walks up steps (1 foot / step)
WALKS on tiptoes
RUNS easily
USES words to make needs known
IS toilet trained
RECITES nursery rhymes: "Mary Had A Little Lamb"
IMITATES adults doing simple tasks
TELLS stories
SPEAKS clearly and can be understood by non-family members
DRESSES self with help
FEEDS self with fork
WASHES face and hands
GETS ALONG with other children
COPIES a circle
MATCHES some objects and colors
BALANCES on one foot
HOPS on one foot
CATCHES a ball with his hands
BRUSHES his teeth
CARES for all toilet needs
POINTS to shapes (circle, square, rectangle)
NAMES five colors
COPIES a square, circle, and cross
FOLLOWS two directions: "Bring the ball and put it on the chair"
COUNTS to four
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